Today’s Headlines

  • Op-Ed: Will Legalizing Private Shuttles at Bus Stops Bring More Delays for Muni? (SF Chronicle)
  • Planters at Castro’s Jane Warner Plaza to Be Downsized After Complaints About “Bad Behavior” (BAR)
  • Last Land Parcel Opened By Central Freeway’s Removal to Become Car-Free Housing (SocketSite)
  • Bernal Heights Park to Get Crosswalk, Stop Sign Along Eastern Side (Bernalwood)
  • SFMTA Staff Parks in Front of Unused Driveway Where Woman Was Ticketed (CBS)
  • BART Board Director Nick Josefowitz on the Future of Balboa Park Station (Ingleside Light)
  • BART Releases New Transit-Riding Etiquette Posters and Video (Muni Diaries)
  • GJEL: Now That BART’s 19th St Bike Station is Open, Where’s the Protected Bike Lane?
  • Richmond Ferry Terminal Project Gets Approval, Advancing Plans for Service to SF (CBS)
  • San Jose’s Willow Glen Road Gets Road Diet: Some Love it, Some Complain (NBC)
  • $500M Port of Oakland Center Promises to Take Freight Trucks Off Road With Rail (Inside Bay Area)
  • Assemblyman Proposes Bill to Require Stricter Background Checks for Ride-Hail App Drivers (Biz Times)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • thielges

    To clarify on “San Jose’s Willow Glen Road Gets Road Diet…”, the street affected is actually Lincoln Ave. which is the main commercial strip in downtown Willow Glen. There’s no Willow Glen Road though there are plenty of Willow This and Glen That streets in this area.

    And yes the naysayers are out in force claiming carmageddon. Some have reported that it now takes a half hour to traverse the half mile road diet segment (i.e. 1 MPH!) though others have difficulty confirming that it has added more than a few minutes delay in the most congested hours.

    Another odd complaint is that during rush hour bicycles travel faster than cars, as if the order of the universal order has been upended.

    Last Friday was the first day of the road diet and that morning was quite chaotic as commuters were caught by surprise. But today just a week later the situation is much better. I think many of the commuters who were using Lincoln Ave. as a shortcut for north-south crosstown commutes have now shifted to more appropriate roads like Highway 87 and Almaden Expressway.

    For sure the situation for bicyclists and pedestrians has improved remarkably. Bikes no longer need to take the lane and pedestrians are no longer exposed to a swerve-around hazard while crossing the uncontrolled mid-block crosswalk: this is when one lane of cars stop to let the pedestrians cross, peds advance in the crosswalk, and then someone swerves around in the other lane, nearly hitting the pedestrians. Now there’s only one lane per direction, virtually eliminating this hazard.

    This road diet is an experiment done on the cheap. I heard that the budget was $25,000. The pavement is being resurfaced anyways and hence will need a full restriping. The current road diet stripes were painted with cheap temporary paint. A wide array of traffic sensors have been deployed to measure the effects of the road diet and detect whether it degrades the conditions on surrounding streets.

    Overall the neighborhood was quite supportive of this road diet experiment. Even most of the naysayers were open to the idea of this data driven approach. In three months the data will be analyzed and presented back to the community to decide whether to keep the new striping configuration.